DTE Energy to cut methane emissions by 80% in sustainability transformation
US-based energy firm DTE Energy has announced it will reduce its methane gas emissions from natural gas utility operations by more than 80% by 2040.
This forms part of the company’s wider sustainability overhaul which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission and address climate change, while continuing to provide customers with reliable and affordable power.
DTE, which is based in Detroit, is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services across the US. The natural gas transported by DTE serves as an energy source for over 1.3mn residential and business customers throughout Michigan.
DTE has also stated it will retire all of its coal-fired plants by 2040 to cut carbon emissions by 80%. It will also increase use of natural gas as a low-emission alternative to provide energy for 2.2mn customers in the south-east of the state.
Mark Stiers, president and COO of DTE Gas, stated: “Since 2011, DTE’s improvements in our natural gas distribution system have resulted in a 16% reduction in methane emissions. Our continued commitment to gas main replacement and proactive compressor station maintenance will allow us to reduce methane emissions by more than 80% in the next 20 years.”
He added: “DTE has demonstrated that methane emissions can be reduced while at the same time allowing natural gas to play an integral role in the company’s energy portfolio while transitioning to a reduced carbon emission infrastructure. A balanced mix of energy sources, such as wind, solar, and natural gas, is an important part of DTE’s strategy to deliver safe, secure, reliable, affordable and cleaner power to our customers and all Michigan customers.”
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.